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Mr. Adams

Skip Adams

Director of Food & Beverage, Windsor Court Hotel

Skip Adams is not your average Food & Beverage Director. Skip's unique style and zest for life are transferred into everything he has accomplished and envisioned for the bright future of the Windsor Court Hotel. Mr. Adams was born and raised by a family of farmers in Hoschton, Georgia and moved to New Orleans to work for the Windsor Court after many years of cherishing the city from afar. Mr. Adams is responsible for maintaining the premier level of service in all of the Windsor Court Hotel's food and beverage outlets, including The Grill Room, the Polo Club Lounge, Le Salon, suite service and all banquet, special event and catering facilities. He oversees over 150 employees. Mr. Adams has worked in food and beverage management for over 10 years. Prior to joining the Windsor Court, he worked for Noble Investments in Atlanta and Raleigh as a Food and Beverage Director for multiple hotels and restaurants. Before that he honed his skills at Chateau Elan Winery and Resort right outside of Atlanta. He has also owned a portion of a farm in Georgia known as Serenity Farms where he harvested silver queen corn that was sold to local restaurants and farmer's markets. “Locally grown produce has always been important to my family as both food source as well as economic provider. My family history in Georgia agriculture started with King Cotton and never diminished. I try to preserve some of my heritage and love of the south through my own practices,” he said. In his free time, Mr. Adams practices urban farming in the historic Treme neighborhood. He harvests seasonal herbs, spices, fruits and vegetables that he uses both for home cooking and sharing with his friends and neighbors. Mr. Adams also sponsors the Museum of the American Cocktail through the Windsor Court Hotel. His profession often translates into a pastime as he is often found brewing his own beer or scouring the city for the next pearl of information regarding the history of cocktail or beer culture in New Orleans.

Mr. Adams can be contacted at 504-596-4623 or Sadams@windsorcourthotel.com

Coming up in August 2020...

Food & Beverage: New Technological Innovations

In the past few years, hotel food and beverage departments have experienced significant growth. Managers are realizing just how much revenue potential this sector holds, both in terms of additional revenue and as a means to enhance the guest experience. As a result, substantial investments are being made in F&B operations as a way to satisfy hotel guests but also to keep pace with the competition. Though it has been a trend for many years, the Farm-to-Table movement shows no signs of abating. Hotel chains are abandoning corporate restaurants and are instead partnering with local chefs to create locally-influenced dining options. Local, farm-sourced ingredients paired with specialty beverages or local wine also satisfies the increasing demand from Millennial travelers who are eager to travel sustainably and contribute to a positive impact. A farm-to-table F&B program also helps to support the local economy, which builds community goodwill. Also popular are "Self-Serv" and "Grab & Go" options. These concepts stem from an awareness that a guest's time is limited and if a hotel can supply them with fast, fresh, food and beverage choices, then so much the better for them. Plus, by placing these specialty kiosks in areas that might be traditionally under-utilized (the lobby, for instance), they can become popular destination locations. Of course, there are new technological innovations as well. In-room, on-screen menus allow guests to order from any restaurant on the property, and some hotels are partnering with delivery companies that make it possible for guests to order food from any restaurant in the area. Also, many hotels are implementing in-room, voice-activated devices, so ordering food via an AI-powered assistant will soon become mainstream as well. The August issue of the Hotel Business Review will report on these developments and document what some leading hotels are doing to expand this area of their business.